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Iraq says Abu Ghraib prison is closed

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government said Tuesday that it had closed the Abu Ghraib prison, the site of a notorious prisoner abuse scandal during the US occupation of Iraq, because of fears that it could be overrun by Sunni insurgents who have gained strength over the last year.

In a statement, the Justice Ministry said it had moved 2,400 prisoners to other high-security prisons in central and northern Iraq, adding that Abu Ghraib’s location — west of central Baghdad and on the edge of insurgent-controlled areas of Anbar province — had become a “hot zone.”

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